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JW Anderson takes menswear show to Paris

Lauretta Roberts
11 December 2018

JW Anderson, the British based menswear brand of Jonathan Anderson, will be taking its menswear show to Paris in January having shown in London for more than a decade.

The Northern Irish designer's AW19 show was announced today by La Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine / Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Paris, which also revealed that Jil Sander would be staging its first men's catwalk show in the French capital, having previously shown in Milan.

Anderson will be taking two bows in Paris in January because Spanish luxury house Loewe, at which he is also creative director, will be staging a menswear show in Paris, having previously only staged presentations.

The Paris event is set to be a strong one with Raf Simons showing for a second season, having taken a two year break to show in New York, where he is now based for his role heading up Calvin Klein.

However the biggest pull is likely to be the first ever menswear show for Hedi Slimane's rebooted Celine, which was announced last month. Slimane showed a few men's look when he presented his debut catwalk show as creative head of the house at Paris Fashion Week in September. It is likely the show in January will be dedicated to menswear but that has yet to be confirmed.

Anderson's move from London comes at a time when London Fashion Week Men's is shaking up its format with two days of the event staged in East London's Truman Brewery with two further days in the West End.

Today another of its star designer's Oliver Spencer told The Industry he would be staying in the West End and will be staging his show at the Royal Academy in Mayfair. Spencer said that while he thought the move East might work for some of the younger designers "for me, I need to be showing in my own environment." Read the full interview here.

Last week at an exclusive in conversation event staged by The Industry with British Fashoin Council CEO Caroline Rush, CBE, she explained the rationale behind the London Fashion Week Men's shake up.

“We didn’t want to get completely put in that East End stereotype, because we also have brilliant contemporary and tailoring businesses, as well as important retailers, based in the West End. It’s important to still have a footprint there. But I’m really excited for the international audience to come and have two days, over a weekend, at The Old Truman Brewery, with Brick Lane and Spitafields close-by.

"It will be exciting and a real wake-up call at the beginning of January. Also, that’s where a lot of brands and creative industries are based these days, and the retail scene is blossoming around there,” Rush said.

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